NCLEX Test-Taking Strategy Tip

Tip #13: Select the most comprehensive answer.

All of the options may be correct, but one option may include the other three options or need to be considered first.

Example: The nurse is planning to teach a client with diabetes about his condition. Before the nurse provides instruction, what is most important to evaluate? The client's:
1. Required dietary modifications.
2. Understanding of the exchange list.
3. Ability to administer insulin.
4. Present understanding of diabetes.

Options 1, 2, and 3 are certainly important considerations in diabetic education. However, they cannot be initiated until the nurse evaluates the client's knowledge of his or her disease state. When two options appear to say the same thing, only in different words, then look for another answer; that is, eliminate the options that you know are incorrect. Options 1 and 2 both refer to the client's understanding of nutrition. The correct answer is 4.

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